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SSG Charles "Skip" "TunnelRat" Kauffman, Jr, US Army, Retired, Viet Nam Veteran & PGR Member

The family of Staff Sergeant Charles "Skip" Kauffman, Jr has requested the presence and participation of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Funeral and Interment of their Loved One.

Funeral services for Charles P. Kauffman, Jr, 62, of Killeen will be Monday July 18, 2011 at 1030 AM at St. Luke's Methodist Church in Killeen. Burial with military honors will follow at 1200 at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen. Mr. Kauffman passed away in his home on 13 Jul 11 in Killeen with his wife and children by his side.

He served in the Air Force and later retired from the Army at the rank of Staff Sergeant with more than 20 years service. Skip served as a "Tunnel Rat" in Viet Nam and was also a very active member of the Patriot Guard Riders.

Visitation will be at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen on Sunday, 17 Jul 11 from 1800 to 2000.

Funeral Service

Date: Monday, 18 Jul 11

Staging Time: 0930

Staging Location: St Luke United Methodist Church, 102 East Church Avenue, Killeen, TX 76541

Briefing: 0935

Flagline Establishment: 0945

Ride Captain: Ron “PACMan” Decker; 254.526.8265, 254.383.6281;

Assistant Ride Captain: Mary “Marebear” Gregory; 254.458.2120;


For those able to attend only the Interment Service, the following is submitted:

Date: Monday, 18 Jul 11

Staging Time: 1105

Staging Location: The cul-de-sac between the Walk of Heroes and the Memorial Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, located on Hwy 195 just south of Killeen, TX.

Briefing: 1110 Upon clearance we will move to the shelter, set up the flags and await the arrival of the procession from St Luke's bringing Charles to his final resting place.

Ride Captain: David "MarineMajor" Dunn; 512.818.2531;

WX: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1300. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 102. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast. Heat Advisory – Hazardous Weather Outlook – Short Term Forecast.

Note: Please arrive hydrated, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.

Please join us in honoring Charles, An Army & Navy Retiree and One of Our Own.